Launch of Somali Top Level Domain Name (TLD)

To all existing domain name clients, we would like to bring the launch of the Somali Top Level Domain Name (TLD) to your attention.

On 1 April 2011 the .so Top Level Domain assigned to Somalia, will be opened to the general public. This will allow the registration of .so domain names on a “first come, first served” basis, without restrictions.

The “.so” domain space has significant branding opportunities, such as “” and “” and it should be secured at the first available opportunity. Trade mark owners may also consider registering defensive domain names to prevent squatting within this new TLD.

All .so domain names must be made up of a minimum of 3 characters and a maximum of 63 characters (excluding the extension). Only the Latin alphabet (letters a-z), digits, and hyphens will be accepted. Domain names beginning or ending with hyphens, as well as domain names with hyphens in the third and fourth position are prohibited. The policy for the .so TLD has no restrictions concerning the registrants and no local presence/residence is required.

The cost of the annual official fee will be approximately £15 / US$24.00 / €17.00 / R200.00 per year. Please note that the official fees are subject to fluctuations in the exchange rate. Furthermore, the amounts quoted exclude our professional fees and minor sundry costs and disbursements. Should you require a more detailed quotation please let us know.

To lodge an application we require the full name and physical address of the proposed domain name owner and the correct spelling of the proposed domain name. If the domain name is still available, we will receive immediate confirmation from the Registrar.

We look forward to receiving your possible further instructions. However, should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Jillian Barkley at Spoor & Fisher (Tel +27 12 676 1003 OR Fax +27 12 676 1100 OR

Date published: 2011/04/01
Author: Spoor & Fisher

Tags: somali domain tld